Monday, August 15, 2005

On the Trail - 'Fear & Loathing'

Prognosticators are amped by the competitiveness of the Mayor's race. Last week saw its own share of twists and turns:

- A great story by new Blade political writer Jim Tankersley Candidates host a tour of Toledo. What's up with Wilkowski's tour? First, more gimmicks: the run, the bus, the graveyard and whiskey. The running man gambit makes for better TV than print. Second, nowhere in his day was there a hint of his message "T. T. A." Third, the impression of a disjointed, disorganized day reflects poorly on a potential Mayor.

Carty's picture at Port Royal Cigar Store says it all. Carty is aligned with Bill Delany, Chuck Cassis and John Irish - the pro-tobacco fellows who set back public health in Toledo last year. Carty is the past, looking like anything but an elder statesman - which is what I in all sincerity hoped for him this year. Sad for a man of 66.

Rob Ludeman comes across surprisingly robust. He proudly takes credit for the Glendale Wal-Mart. He talks jobs and economic development. Of all the candidates profiled, he makes the only mention of his kids: pointing out Wixie Bakery and their Saturday morning donut tradition. If Ludeman keeps that kind of message delivery up, he'll clobber Wilkowski & Finkbeiner right out of the primary.

Mayor Ford comes across fine..."economic development that takes up 80 percent of his time." He doesn't get enough credit.

- Absentee ballots are in the mail. The BoE sent out letters to seniors earlier this year and generated an initial 5,500 absentee voting requests for the 9/13 primary. Traditionally, the absentee vote is about 10% of turnout & we expect maybe another 1500 absentees to be generated. Carty used a mailhouse to send a generation piece out, using the Lucas County Democratic Party's bulk mail permit. On it he admits that he can do nothing to change the direction of national issues. His actions indeed reflect his words as he has done almost nothing to elect Democrats at any level. One of his first political ventures was leading Democrats for Nixon, then four years later Republicans for McGovern. Loopy.

Word is out that Wilkowski's campaign missed mailing to the first wave of absentee voters. If true, he missed connecting with seniors in the 4th ward - not good. On the other hand, someone told me Keith just re-mortgaged his house to bankroll an upcoming TV ad blitz. As it stands, Mayor Ford will be on the air with better than $150,000 in the run-up to the primary. So much for Carty's supporters pre-primary chump-change. If Mayor Ford and Keith are both on TV big, Carty is toast.

Our absentee effort is pretty aggressive, and sophisticated. are using a slate piece to connect, among other techniques. Look for Carty & the Kest gang to try and rope-in down ballot candidates endorsed by the party for something similar.

The BoE confirmed to me they already had over 8,000 requests for the 11/8 general. We could see 95,000 or 100,000 people vote in the general. Very big turnout.

- More police! Terrorists! Again Carty demonstrates he hasn't changed his ways, click here for The Blade's Tankersley article. In 1999 he worked like hell against a larger police class. As Mayor he vetoed a unanimous vote of City Council that would have doubled the police class from 15 to 30. The City was flush then, though Carty was whittling away tax dollars on things like sales kiosks and fire hydrant paint. His "bold" proposal now calls for 20. Mayor Ford in fact has a plan to put 29 more police on the street next year. Terrorists "strike fear" in people, Carty claims. Sounds like his preferred management style. Note to politicians: Don't throw the word "terrorist" around, not after 9/11. It's a very, very inappropriate word for politics.

Someone on this blog posted something about Carty now having a concealed-carry gun permit. Again, if true, this is not good. Fear, handguns, the penchant for the middle finger....paging Dr. Hunter, please return the adrenochrome - step away from the adrenal glands, Mr. Finkbeiner!

smack!? this post has been house just got hit by something outside the window of the room I'm typing in! Its after 1 in the morning! an egg.

Egging my house while I'm tapping out a blog? Someone must be upset. But they've got to do better....

(reprinted from the Toledo Blade, Oct. 28, 2004)
FINDLAY -Toledo city Councilman Frank Szollosi was among a group of Democrats who made the trip here to protest against the President, but Democratic spokesman John Gans said Mr. Szollosi chose to protest in the wrong spot. Standing along Sandusky Street across from the county fairgrounds where the Bush rally was staged, a homeowner who was apparently displeased with the Democrats grabbed a garden hose and gave them, including Mr. Szollosi, a good soaking.

When they refused to leave, and after police asked the man to stop, he demanded to water his lawn. Setting up his sprinkler, he continued to water them - and his grass. About 15 protestors stood there, defiantly, in the makeshift shower.

I remember that hoser in Findlay. It was hot anyway, the cool water made us feel better.

Tonight's jokers had their physical descriptions taken by a neighbor. I ran out my front door and spied their Jeep in the church parking lot on the other side of my neighbor's yard - in their hastened get-away, with their headlights off, it sounded like they hit the basketball pole back there. Passed the details onto the Toledo Police dispatcher I was on the cell phone with at the time.

The fair Doctor knew what was up.
Reprinted from Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72
There is nothing so unusual, they tell me, about coming back to your car and finding the radio aerial torn off, the windshield wipers bent up in the air like spaghetti, and all the windows smashed…. for no particular reason except to make sure you know just exactly where it's at these days. Where indeed?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, Frank, do NOT stomp on the flaming "Carty for Mayor" paper bag on your porch one night after the doorbell rings. It may be a ploy to get doo-doo on your feet. shhhhhhh....just sweep it out onto the lawn.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Josh Thurston said...

The campaign season has now began, Frank has been egged.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank, sorry to hear about the egg. Nobody deserves that. As for getting soaked by the hose, you were trespassing. A homeowner has every right to ask you to get off his property. You were proving nothing by insulting this guy by refusing to get off his property. I wouldn't be too proud of that one.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

There's the rub, we weren't on his property. So said the state troopers standing in the intersection directing traffic.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

It was me and Carty, Frank.

We had been on a 3-day bender when the idea came to us. Carty was not content with store-bought eggs though; we drove out to Oak Harbor to an ostrich farm, and got a dozen of those grapefruit-sized eggs.

We had to stop on the way to your house, though. Carty was convinced that we could cook one on the engine block. The lunatic wasted ten of them before I convinced him to get back in my Fleetwood.

What a surreal sight, seeing the C-man scraping scrambled ostrich egg off of my 454 manifold with a plastic fork.

We switched to a borrowed Jeep for the Szollosi mission. Carty wound up like Jack Frigging Morris and let loose with the first volley.

KERSPLAT! Egg #1 hit its mark.

He did a nice Kareem Abdul Jabbar skyhook with the second (and last) ostrich egg. It landed on your roof with a dull thud, and splattered on your satellite dish.

Whooping like a madman with a bad case of shingles, the C-man barreled down the street to the car. I toyed with the idea of leaving him on your front lawn, but my sense of self-preservation kicked in.

Or was it the peyote C-man and I had just consumed?

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank, no one deserves to have his home egged, or vandalized in any other way. I only hope your daughter wasnt frightned by it, or that there was any damage that couldnt just be hosed away.

As for the findlay issue, I would do everything I could to forget that if I were you. Not because you were on private property - you werent. Not because you were at the wrong place - Sh*t happens. But because as a politician yourself you might wanna think twice about doing stuff like that. If you are the head of the economic development committee in the Glass City, you definatley shouldnt throw stones!!

So many local dem's are so quick to protest the President, but lemme list a couple things:

*Levis Commons in Perrysburg
*Levis Industrial Park in Perrysburg
*NorthStar Steel in Delta
*Wolf Lodge Water park, Sandusky
*Arrowhead in Maumee
*the new Chrysler plant in Dundee
*Cabella's in Dundee
*the need for a second high school due to heavy residential growth in Perrysburg -
*Ditto that for Bedford High school
*the corridor betw perrysburg and BG

I see growth in Industry, retail, tourism, and housing all around us despite all the dem's bellyaching how the president has killed the economy.

Like I said - If you chair the local economic development committee, maybe you ought not to be out sitting at the wrong place at the wrong time getting hosed off by the locals, and stay home and work on your own back yard - because from what Im seeing, other folks are doing so, and theyre reaping the benefits from it.

And a grocery store in Westgate aint gonna turn the town around whether it comes to fruition or not.


10:15 AM  
Blogger ToledoJoe said...

You got a lot of potential Frank. Dont blow it by acting like an a**hole getting hosed for protesting. If there was a picture of that I am sure Carty or somebody else would put it on a billboard and write "Here's the chair of your economic team working to scare away reasonable businesspeople. Is this the face you want representing Toledo to outsiders." You are an elected officer, you should act like one. Not like some jack**s my high school kid runs around with.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Appreciate it ToledoJoe, will be more careful. We Dems have to take our efforts to red counties and areas like Findlay too though.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Sorry to hear about the egg. That kind of crap is uncalled for. (I'll throw my eggs at you from right here)
Keep your sense of humor about it and some rotten eggs on hand to throw back!

2:54 PM  
Blogger ToledoJoe said...

Glad to hear it Frank. Stay strong with all this crap.

4:24 PM  
Blogger jean said...

great to see a link to your blog on the blade, frank is right carty is a piss ant

4:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Frank, at least it was an egg and not toilet paper. Having teenagers I know from personal experience how hard that is to clean up.

You still have your sense of humor so you'll get thru this.


11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note to politicians: Don't throw the word "terrorist" around, not after 9/11. It's a very, very inappropriate word for politics.

Frank, just in case you weren't aware, terrorist can be defined in many different ways:

1. The unlawful use or threat of violence esp. against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion

2.Violent and intimidating gang activity (street terrorism) ter·ror·ist (-ist)
adj or n.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Merriam Webster Online's definition:

One entry found for terrorism.
Main Entry: ter·ror·ism
Pronunciation: 'ter-&r-"i-z&m
Function: noun
: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
- ter·ror·ist /-&r-ist/ adjective or noun
- ter·ror·is·tic /"ter-&r-'is-tik/ adjective

Regardless of the technical definition, after Oklahoma City and 9/11, the word simply isn't appropriate to throw around in local politics.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

So, if the "terror" would have worked we would be seeing....

Frank said
Somebody egged my house!!! I'm going to register republican first thing tomorrow!

Lol,smile's Toledo politics at least you didnt have off duty deputies steal your yard sign! :-)

10:11 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

I'm smiling, its all part of the experience.

10:35 AM  

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